Handy translation

Daniel J. Solove translates Attorney General Gonzales’ testimony at the NSA surveillance hearings.

GONZALES: While the president approved this program to respond to the new threats against us, he also imposed several important safeguards to protect the privacy and the civil liberties of all Americans…. As the president has said, if you’re talking with Al Qaida, we want to know what you’re saying.

TRANSLATION: If you’ve got nothing to hide, then there should be no problem with us listening to you. If you’ve got something to hide, then … well … we should listen to you.

See also “I cannot give you absolute assurance.” (Thanks, Hector.)


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